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Today: A mix of sun & clouds, a morning shower or two then a few afternoon thunderstorms, especially north & west, becoming breezy. A few storms could contain hail and gusty winds. Highs: 75-80. Winds: S/SW: 5-15 mph. Tonight: ...
Thursday July 31, 2014
74°
Broken Clouds
Feels like 74°
Humidity: 63%
Dew Point: 60
Wind: at 6 mph
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104th Fighter Wing Takes to the Sky for Night Training

July 30th, 2014
WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- If you heard the booming sounds of fighter jets tonight, you weren't alone. The 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield has been busy carrying out nighttime training missions these past two...

MA Lawmakers eye Aug. 16-17 for tax free weekend

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July 30th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts shoppers hoping to shave a little off their shopping spree should plan to hit the stores on Aug. 16-17. That's the weekend lawmakers have picked to suspend the state's sales tax for many purchases. The date is...

Gun bill would give chiefs FID card discretion

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July 30th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts police chiefs would have the right to go to court to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to individuals they feel are unsuitable under a compromise bill released by lawmakers. The bill,...

Massachusetts lawmakers OK 2 spending bills

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July 30th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to two bills that would let the state borrow up to $2.3 billion to pay for major infrastructure and information technology projects. A $1.3 billion capital bond bill includes $20...

Ocean safari for white sharks off Cape Cod

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July 30th, 2014
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) -- Two marine conservation groups are offering a daylong ocean safari on Cape Cod to search for great white sharks, humpback whales, gray seals and seabirds in their wild habitat. Organizers say the daylong ocean expedition...

Kennedy cousin Skakel: Spending time with family

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July 30th, 2014
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, Pool, File) STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel says he's spending as much time as he can with family as he awaits a new trial in his murder case. Skakel arrived Wednesday at Stamford Superior Court...

Candidate McCormick delivers 17,000 signatures

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July 30th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Independent candidate for governor Jeff McCormick says he's submitted more than 17,000 signatures to local city and town clerks to help secure a spot on the November ballot. Once the clerks certify the signatures, McCormick has until...

Workshop Held to Discuss Elder Abuse and Fraud

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July 30th, 2014
  SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- It seems we're hearing about a new phone scam pretty much every day and often the elderly are the target. That's why the Springfield Department of Elder Affairs held a workshop on elder abuse and fraud...

Local Children Go Face-to-Face with Reptiles at Springfield Museums

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July 30th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Reptiles were let loose at the Springfield Museums Wednesday, but no cause for alarm. It was all part of a unique learning experience for local kids. A slithering coiled up snake kept kids enthralled at...

Local Efforts Underway to Help Homeless Youth in Western Mass.

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July 30th, 2014
WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Over 6,000 teens are homeless in Massachusetts and a new bill would provide housing as well as services to help them. Many in western Mass. already see first hand the scope of the problem. Jennifer Diaz...

Nine New Recruits Join the Holyoke Fire Dept.

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July 30th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- The Holyoke Fire Department swears in some new recruits today. They won't be seeing any action just yet though. The nine firefighters were trained in house and will now go to the academy. Holyoke Fire Chief...

Neighbors Express Concern Over Mining Near Congamond Lakes

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July 30th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Neighbors around a section of Congamond Lakes in Suffield, Conn. are taking court action over what they consider a danger to an area near the lake. A company has been granted a permit to mine for sand and...

Springfield Man Accused of Spraying Yellow Paint on Berkshire Ave. Property

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July 30th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A Springfield man is facing charges after he sprayed yellow paint all over a homeowner's property. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 6 a.m. Wednesday, officers were called to an address on...

Chicopee Police Arrest Man After He Allegedly Stole Scrap Metal

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July 30th, 2014
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) -- Chicopee Police have charged a man they say stole scrap metal Wednesday morning. Chicopee Police say that just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Joe Brunelle responded to a Front Street address for a report of a...

Dunbar Community Center Faces Foreclosure

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July 30th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)--A Springfield landmark in Mason Square is in financial trouble and facing foreclosure. At risk is the Dunbar Community Center which fills a variety of community needs. Dunbar has had financial problems for...